The Devilish Complexities of Divine Simplicity

Philo 6 (1):10-22 (2003)
In On the Nature and Existence of God, Richard Gale follows majority opinion in giving very short shrift to the doctrine of divine simplicity: in his view, there is no coherent expressible doctrine of divine simplicity. Rising to the implicit challenge, I argue that---contrary to what is widely believed---there is a coherently expressible doctrine of divine simplicity, though it is rather different from the views that are typically expressed by defenders of this doctrine. At the very least, I think that I manage to show that there are ways of understanding the doctrine of divine simplicity that have not yet been adequately examined.
Keywords Divine Simplicity  Richard Gale  Truthmakers  God as Truthmaker  Divine Attributes
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DOI 10.5840/philo2003612
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